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Some of the mystery surrounding why perhaps the state’s top uncommitted prospect didn’t go on his official visit to UGA has been revealed.

Dalvin Tomlinson, the AJC Super 11 defensive end from Henry County High School, didn’t visit UGA on Monday or Tuesday as previously scheduled. The Bulldogs are being considered by Tomlinson, along with rumored frontrunners Georgia Tech and Alabama.

“I talked with Dalvin and he had something that came up with his family,” Henry County coach Mike Rozier told the AJC. “He said he talked with [UGA assistant Bryan McClendon] on Saturday morning and let him know. It was a personal issue having to deal with his family.”

Now onto the rest of the mystery:

  • Will Dalvin reschedule his official visit to UGA? “I talked with both Dalvin and Coach McClendon, and they didn’t know yet.”
  • Does UGA still want Tomlinson? “I’m sure they do. In talking with Coach McClendon, they really seem like they still want him.”
  • Does Tomlinson have UGA among his finalists? “In talking with Dalvin, it’s Georgia Tech, Alabama and Georgia. The sharks are circling him, though. South Carolina was at the school today visiting with Chris Moody. They said if Dalvin still hasn’t made up his mind, they’d like a shot at him.” [Note: DB Chris Moody will visit Vanderbilt and South Carolina the next two weeks]

Then his coach hinted at what really may be going on behind the scenes: The quiet-natured Tomlinson is feeling the pressures of the recruiting process.

The recruiting process has been a little overwhelming for AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson (AJC)

The recruiting process has been a little overwhelming for AJC Super 11 DE Dalvin Tomlinson (AJC)

“I think the pressure is getting to this young man,” Rozier said. “Basically, he has told me to try to head everybody off. He wants to keep to himself, figure this all out and make up his mind. He did say this is one of the biggest decisions of his life.  He wants time and space to think about it so can make the right decision. He’s going to announce on Feb. 1.”

The 6-foot-3, 270-pounder is still mourning the loss of his mother, who died unexpectedly last summer after a longtime illness. Tomlinson has a 3.9 GPA and accomplished the rare feat of being offered by Florida, UGA and Harvard on the same day last spring.

Tomlinson and Lowndes LB Josh Harvey-Clemons are the state’s top two uncommitted prospects. Harvey-Clemons’ grandpa predicts a “photo finish” between UGA and Florida on Feb. 1.

OTHER UGA & GEORGIA TECH RECRUITING NOTES

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner will make an in-home visit with Vanderbilt LB commit Josh Dawson on Thursday. Mark Richt is scheduled for next week (AJC)

UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner will make an in-home visit with Vanderbilt DE commit Josh Dawson on Thursday. Mark Richt is scheduled for next week (AJC)

  • Georgia vs. Vanderbilt: UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner will make an in-home visit on Thursday with Tucker DE Josh Dawson, who is committed to Vanderbilt but visited the Bulldogs last weekend. Mark Richt will try to close the deal with an in-home visit next week. Dawson will take a recruiting trip on Friday to Vanderbilt, where he has been committed since last summer.
  • DB Sheldon Dawson of Memphis, Tenn., is still committed to Memphis but told ESPN that “I am open, really, but you could say that Georgia is the team to beat.” Dawson took an official visit to UGA last month.
  • Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson made an appearance at GAC on Tuesday to check on OL commit Chase Roberts. He also inquired about a few juniors, including linebacker Kristopher Smith.
  • Onetime UGA DB target Josh Holsey of Creekside had an in-home visit on Tuesday with Auburn’s new defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder. “I met him last weekend on my official visit last weekend but I really got to spend a lot of time with him on Tuesday,” Holsey said. “I like him. He’s the type of coach you want to play for.” Holsey confirmed he is no longer considering visiting UGA.
  • Georgia Tech, UGA, Auburn, South Carolina and Maryland have recently stopped by to check on Mill Creek DL Kelsey Griffin, one of the state’s top 10 overall prospects for 2013.
  • Newnan DB Tray Matthews, a 2013 commitment for UGA, said UGA defensive coordinator Todd Grantham was stopping by his school on Wednesday. On Tuesday, Mark Richt and assistants Mike Bobo, Tony Ball and John Lilly visited  the high schools of two other 2013 commits, Camden County QB Brice Ramsey and RB Derrick Henry of Yulee, Fla., according to ESPN’s Kipp Adams.
    Georgia Tech will find out Jan. 23 about DE Alex McCalister (247Sports.com)

    Georgia Tech will find out Jan. 23 about DE Alex McCalister (247Sports.com)

  • One of Georgia Tech’s top remaining targets, DE Alex McCalister of Clemmons, N.C., has postponed his college decision to Jan. 23 due to a family illness, according to Rivals. He is deciding between the Yellow Jackets, Florida and North Carolina.
  • UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner and Georgia Tech assistant Buzz Preston both checked on 2013 Carver-Atlanta OL Delando Crooks on Tuesday. He has early scholarship offers from both schools.

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221 comments Add your comment

shanahan

January 18th, 2012
1:14 am

First let’s goo!!!!! Go dawgs!!!! Glad to have gotten that outta the way

thomas

January 18th, 2012
1:15 am

DT, as a Jacket fan, I have a horse in this race. Most important however, is you making the best decision for yourself that will determine how will will spend the greatest years of your life.

All the best too you in whatever choice you make. Thank you for considering the Jackets while having such a heavy heart. God Bless You.

Preston

January 18th, 2012
1:19 am

Sure hope you pick UGA but you need to pick the right place for YOU! Athens is awesome!

Dog Fan

January 18th, 2012
1:51 am

Dalvin, you sounds like a great young man. I hope you can find time to visit UGA and see first hand what they have to offer.

In any event good luck with your decision.

Gooo Dogs, ’sic em!!!

Buzz

January 18th, 2012
1:53 am

Better stay away from UA, UGA and USC or Coach Johnson will pull your scholarship.

Happy

January 18th, 2012
2:10 am

Top 5 Classes, Top 10 Classes….but no title since 1980…

Poor Poor Excuses…

If a kid goes to UGA he IS NOT going to win championships.

And he will get a much better diploma and valuble education at many other places.

Just look at Rodney G……Lose some pounds bro

Happy

January 18th, 2012
2:12 am

Dog Fan

January 18th, 2012
1:51 am
Dalvin, you sounds like a great young man. I hope you can find time to visit UGA and see first hand what they have to offer.

In any event good luck with your decision.

Gooo Dogs, ’sic em!!!

Offer? How bout heatbreak, dissappointment, failure, embarrassment, second and third tier bowls…and on and on and on….

Happy

January 18th, 2012
2:23 am

Pre Season Ranking Final Ranking

2008- 2nd 13th
2009- 14th unranked
2010-15th unranked
2011-22nd 19th

Nice Job UGA for being a Strong( errr…weak member) in the SEC

P. Bull Terrier

January 18th, 2012
2:23 am

The 3.9 GPA and Harvard offer confirm what is apparent from the way Dalvin Tomlinson is looking at the recruiting process – he’s a lot smarter and more mature than the average high school senior. He gets it. Picking a college is an important decision – not a game show. I hope Tomlinson decides to go to UGA, but I’ll enjoy watching him succeed no matter where he ends up.

Happy

January 18th, 2012
2:34 am

How can any Strong Georgia fan with any football knowledge be satisfied with the past 4 years of UGA football? Every program has downturns, but in those downturns a program usually sees the HC change or probation being a factor, but not at UGA. The multitude of arrest over a 18 month period, the suspensions over a 15 month period, the devastating losses over a 4 or 5 year period.

With over 24 -1st, 2nd or 3rd round NFL talent on campus during those 4 years to play to like a mid level PAC 10 team is not good for a program in a state with 5th best high school talent in the country. On top of that Tech is not taking those 4 or 5 star players, the overall program and coaching staff is not up to the Premier SEC level and any decent kid who wants to be a team player and win championships is not going to UGA to win SEC or BCS titles.

Unhappy

January 18th, 2012
2:46 am

Hey, Happy (A.K.A. Buzz)

If You Don’t Get Help At Charter, Please. Get Help SOMEWHERE! Tick, tick, tick!!

Score Check

January 18th, 2012
2:49 am

How is cpj working out for you at gt? What is is record in Bowl games? What is record against UGA?

Big Stinger

January 18th, 2012
2:53 am

Well CPJ beat UGA in 2011 or was that 2010 or was that 2009. Whatever… I just remember he beat UGA one of those years.

That is why he will be at GT forever.

Stinger2

January 18th, 2012
4:45 am

Tomlinson is doing the right thing by not rushing to make his decision. He has the advantage of being a great student along with athletic ability. I would love to see him on the field in old gold and white. However, I hope he makes his decision based on what he believes will be best for him in his life after football.

Mountain Dawg

January 18th, 2012
4:45 am

Let’s see here, your ‘team’ hasn’t beat your biggest rival, nor won a bowl game in God knows when, and you call yourself “HAPPY”? What a miserable joke you are!

DawginSewer

January 18th, 2012
4:56 am

Davlin was too smarts for us. Richt said anyone who can read and rite they will not offer. Him not like us Dagws. Saban was down here last night lookings for ours new recruits. HIm said Bama needs some peoples for there scouts teams.

Go Dwags

DawginSewer

January 18th, 2012
5:02 am

Saban recruits Russ but changed his mine. Russ very said. He is consdiering drowning himsel. Poor doogie him was a good dwg. Russ and choakdawgs eats to many krispy kremees. Russ is real fat.

john

January 18th, 2012
5:33 am

Rodney Garner……Why don’t you refer to him as “Longtime UGA bagman” instead of recruiting coordinator?

Jacket Man

January 18th, 2012
6:04 am

The Jackets should be adding another commitment by the end of the weekend, if not sooner (depends on when the player will let the word be released due to other “reasons”).

Dap01

January 18th, 2012
6:25 am

Dalvin: Simply trust Saban, perhaps he won’t let you down. You probably wont be one of those recruits who disappear. Perhaps someone will call 911 if you need medical attention., just because Saban steps over you, he still cares.

Perhaps the NCAA will get off of their butts and actually put Alabama on probation for the YEARS of oversigning and dumping of players.

The Sham

January 18th, 2012
6:33 am

@big stinger: look at the ring you made for a reminder of that “special” occassion. One Techie with 5 different handles on here…sad sad sad…

It’s a shame you can replicate yourself in the stadium on Saturdays, or Thursdays, or Tuesday or when ever it is you jokers play on.

GATA!

tell me again

January 18th, 2012
6:55 am

Tech fans who come to this blog to say ANYTHING are so pathetic. Hey Happy – if the last four years have been so bad for UGA then what does it say about YOUR program that you only won one of those four – bruhahahahaha Tech SUCKS!

gtfanfrom1951

January 18th, 2012
7:08 am

Why would any high school coach let someone like Saban near one of his kids? When you reach your limit you stop offering! Its time for the NCAA to put and end to this practice of over signing. Its only right!

Fleischman in Chi Towns Bed

January 18th, 2012
7:12 am

Nick Saban owns the state of Georgia.
Mark Richt owns a lifetime membership to the tanning bed.
Paul Johnson owns a nice set of moobs.

Burdell

January 18th, 2012
7:28 am

This whole recruiting process is sleazy and borderline creepy with grown men practically salivating over 16, 17 and 18 year olds. I can see why the PSA in this case is keeping a low profile. I hope the young man goes where he will be challenged. Whether that challenge is in the classroom or on the practice field is up to him…perhaps it will be both. It is well known that the Jackets need some big bodies on the DL…I hope he chooses Tech but luckily my well being is not tied to the decision of an adolescent. GO JACKETS!!

Chris

January 18th, 2012
7:37 am

where ever he picks (hopes its uga!!!) i’lll be rooting for him. Sounds like a great guy! goood luck dt

SansWorld

January 18th, 2012
7:56 am

Tuitt’s mom should weigh in and help him decide.

SansWorld

January 18th, 2012
8:00 am

Burdell, are you saying that your school’s entire self-worth is NOT based solely on what recruits it gets and the performance of its football team? How odd, what else is there?

FL Jacket

January 18th, 2012
8:19 am

Sans…

How about the 7th best public university in the nation. The top public Engineering school in the nation. A top-30 Business school. A campus location located in the middle of the city with the 4th most Fortune 500 company HQ’s. A campus location located in the middle of one of the most culturally diverse and exciting cities in the country.

It must suck to be in a pissant redneck SEC town when the team isn’t winning…

wiseoldawg

January 18th, 2012
8:49 am

If by “culturally diverse and exciting” you mean trying to avoid being mugged, shot, or raped, then you are right on.

Brown Dog

January 18th, 2012
9:03 am

Dalvin wants to go to Alabama and is waiting to see if a spot comes open late. The mystery of how a flagship school whiffs on so many top instate players deepens.

GT FANatic

January 18th, 2012
9:10 am

Dalvin, sign with UGA and join that talent already committed at Defensive Tackle and we will dominate the college world!

Class 2012: John Atkins – 6′4” 200 lbs, Jonathan Taylor – 6′4” 315 lbs,
Class 2011: Jonathan Jenkins – 6′4” 340 lbs, Chris Mayes 6′5” – 295lbs

Burdell

January 18th, 2012
9:11 am

SansWorld–

What part of “my well being” did you not understand? They say reading comprehension is a pretty good metric of intelligence. I have a great job, a beautiful wife that loves me, two wonderful children, my parents are alive and healthy…life is good. As a season ticket holder and AA booster I follow my team religiously and want the best for Georgia Tech but at the end of the day I don’t hang my hat on the performance of my alma mater’s football team. I lead a full, rich life and I have my experience at Georgia Tech to thank for it. With that being said…I hope to see Dalvin on The Flats come August.

Dap01

January 18th, 2012
9:13 am

If a UGA player bumps into a parked car and causes no damage, the AJC will write several articles about it.

If a major college coach oversigns every year, turning his nose up to the NCAA and rules, it is ok because he wins.

Never mind the players and students who are dropped each year.

Burdell

January 18th, 2012
9:14 am

SansWorld– If your comment was tongue-in-cheek then bravo…well-played.

JB

January 18th, 2012
9:18 am

Sending Rodney Garner????? I would hope and think that ANY of the TOP players the Dawgs are trying to switch or get a verbal from would be handled by Richt himself. Dawgs have about 8 spots left and most of the headline guys are gone. Although this class has some studs, we need bodies and depth. I ‘m always concerned when Richt doesn’t hit his numbers and just awards walk ons later on. Although noble, it doesn’t help with depth and special teams going to war in the SEC with players “unclaimed” by football schools.

OkieDawg

January 18th, 2012
9:18 am

Coach Rozier must be a good man. He seems to realize that Dalvin needs him to run interference because the recruiting process is very stressful. Dalvin is smart and he will make the best decision for him. The young man seems to be very private and just needs some space from the sharks that are circling the boat. I’m glad UGA had the decency to back off and let him work this out on his own time. The school that gets this young man will be very lucky.

G-Dawg

January 18th, 2012
9:20 am

Ahhh…the insults have begun so early this morning. Thanks Floridiot Jacket!!

Brown Dog

January 18th, 2012
9:23 am

DAP, if that same coach improves GPA and graduation rates — while they fall year after year at a place like Georgia — along with doing community service all over a state, chances are you won’t read about that either.

Of course, you might think the flagship paper in a state like Georgia would pay more attention to the worsening academics among athletes at the flagship university, wouldn’t you?

NFL Scout

January 18th, 2012
9:25 am

Mr. Tomlinson,

I would advise you to consider a football program where you will get a hefty amount of playing time – many tackles and tons of game footage. It will pay off in spades some day…

RedandBlackDawg

January 18th, 2012
9:27 am

Buzz,

I think if I understand correctly that if a kid commits to tech. CPJ only pulls his offer, if the kid then goes on a trip to another school, not just because a kid that has visited Tech. and shows interest, and then visits other schools. That’s where his commitment thing comes into play. Over all, not exactly a bad policy, if you look at it from the schools point of view. It is hard to recruit for needs when kids act shady sometimes and act like they are just insuring they have a spot on a school roster, but are fishing around for maybe one they want more.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
9:34 am

G_Dwag and what did your post do but throw an INSULT? You can’t be above it so you just slung your crap right in the ring.

I think the kid is doing a great thing. He is using his time to make a choice. I hope it is a choice I will like for the team I cheer for, but it has to be the right choice for him.

WDE

January 18th, 2012
9:35 am

This young man seems to have a pretty good head on his shoulders and is using it for more than a hat rest. Best of luck to him making the right choice no matter where he goes! Go Dogs!

Jim 70

January 18th, 2012
9:37 am

So if Dalvin commits to bama, which two current commits is he going to tell to buzz off?

RxDawg

January 18th, 2012
9:46 am

I’m a Dawg, but a free ride to Harvard would be kinda crazy. The potential from something like that would be way greater then any NFL chances. I hope the Dawgs can pick a guy like that up. We need high quality guys on and off the field.

NOVAJacket

January 18th, 2012
9:47 am

Woof woof reporting…

Wreckmaniac

January 18th, 2012
9:48 am

Sans World: You’re right. Any kid who can’t make up his mind and wants to be left alone should hire Tuitt’s momma.
I hope Tuitt is enjoying freezing in South Bend after playing for this year’s less than mediocre ND team.

Wreckmaniac

January 18th, 2012
9:54 am

This kid sounds terrific but this story leads one to think that the recruits who have already committed to UGA and Tech are lackluster. Not so. This kid is just another very talented kid among 40 that are going to sign with Tech and UGA and no better. No recruiting season comes down to one player. Never.

5150 UOAD

January 18th, 2012
9:55 am

Wreckmaniac……….Tuitt seems fine with everything so far check this link. Stephon Tuitt Tuitt
The beginning of a snowy day smh I luv it
http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=308292809206029&set=a.174280129273965.30723.100000759363117&type=1&theater

Wreckmaniac

January 18th, 2012
9:57 am

RX Dawg: Your’s is the message of the day. Its all about where this kid ( or any kid) will be in 10 years.
Thats the decision that must be made by kids with academic ability.